Help picking PCI video card.

By DarthKirby
Jan 27, 2003
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  1. Hello this is my first time to these forums :)

    I have an eMachines T1220, here are the specs:

    1.20 GHz Intel Celeron Processor
    128MB SDRAM (but i'll probably buy 256MB from Crucial soon)
    Intel(R) 82810E Graphics Controller

    I only have a PCI slot, so my options are limited. I was going to get a Radeon 7500, but someone on the Gamespot forums told me that card is incompatable with my system. I heard that the Radeon 9000 PCI is a good card, but $100 is a little bit past what I wanted to pay (and besides I've never seen one in any store).

    The only other card I know that has pci is the " PNY NVIDIA GF4 MX420 64M", but I dont know how good this card is.

    ANYWAY what PCI card should I get, and are there any other Radeon PCIs that cost less than $100?

    Thanks :)
    -DK
  2. vassil3427

    vassil3427 Newcomer, in training Posts: 822

    If that Ati Radeon 7500 is a pci, then of course its compatible with your system, all pci cards are the same (as in bus speed and such, 33mhz I think) minus the full length server slots...

    But personally I say you save a little bit more money and get the Radeon 9000, but I say go for the 7500:grinthumb ...Cause I dont know how much a faster card will help when you're using a pci slot:(
  3. Th3M1ghtyD8

    Th3M1ghtyD8 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 794

    A Radeon 9000 PCI will easily outperform a GF4MX420 PCI, simply because it has full DirectX 8 functionality, so will get a much higher 3D Mark score. This is definitely a better choice. Also I suggest you get a 512Mb stick of RAM instead, since SDRAM is so cheap now.
  4. Justin

    Justin Newcomer, in training Posts: 1,595

    Full length "server" slots? I think you are referring to 64-bit PCI slots. Those are on some newer mass-distributed motherboards as well, not just limited to server motherboards.
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